Native multi-editing (multiple cursors and selections) support
Multiple selections/cursors in Sublime Text is by far the most useful editor feature I have in my toolbox. Using search and replace in Visual Studio is slow and unwieldy in comparison and I find myself frequently copying blocks of text into Sublime Text just to perform versatile edits using multiple cursors, after which I copy the result back into Visual Studio.
A future version of Visual Studio would win huge points with this feature alone.
Matt Ferderer commented
Nathan's video does a great job showing what this feature should be capable of.
Recently they have released a good extension that replicates the multi-editing of sublime text really well: https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/f301cf82-e80b-4b92-9e5c-ef7985ae6702?SRC=Home
I can't work without it now! :D
@Milan - let's keep this on topic. Sublime's search and navigation features are not the topic of discussion, and their level of superiority is debatable anyway.
@jerone - the multi-editing extension is not a workaround, any more than microsoft paint is a workaround for photoshop.
Milan Senesi commented
This is a must have. SublimeText does many things so much better and easier. Navigation to files/symbols is a blast, search is incredibly fast too. UI is much simpler and more convenient.
Hrusikesh Panda commented
Hard to imagine basic text editors such as SublimeText, Atom are kicking Visual Studio's ***. Of all useless improvements that MS prioritizes, this one would actually be something worthwhile!
John Smith commented
I agree whole-heartedly with the need for this in Visual Studio AND with the assessment that the available extension doesn't come close to being what is needed. Sublime Text implements this perfectly - it really is difficult to live without out this feature once you've had a taste of it.
Joshua Rocha commented
I'm getting the MultiEditing extension now, but I agree with Nathan. It's extremely limited, and there's no reason Microsoft's team couldn't implement this natively in VS.
I mean, if the ragtag Sublime Text team can do it, I'm sure a powerhouse like MS could do it.
Here's an example of the sort of workflow enabled by true multiple cursor support:
Note the fact that I can make a selection, then either select everything that is the same as what is under my cursor, or I can incrementally add subsequent matches to the list of selections. Editing and selection operations are applied to all cursors independently. I am aware that Visual Studio only has the concept of a single cursor and that this may be a limitation in the way that VS talks to extensions, but perhaps it is possible to have a "primary" cursor which extensions (e.g. ReSharper's Intellisense override) applies to, with the actual selected edits still applying to all cursors.
The MultiEditing extension is extremely limited and barely covers 10% of the utility of a true implementation of multiple cursors.
A work-around is the extension MultiEditing: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/2beb9705-b568-45d1-8550-751e181e3aef
Scott Yates commented
Yes please, this is a REALLY important part of my flow as well. Being able to quickly highlight a word and press control-d repeatedly till I have all the selections I want, then type away with multi-cursors is just amazingly productive and feels game changing.